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How to Find Apple M1 Apps and Games

Now that the Apple M1 MacBooks are out there, users are looking for apps and games that can run natively on Apple custom silicon. While the Mac App Store is updating with more apps running natively on the Mac M1, there is a way to check which games can run on the new Mac.

Why are You Playing Games on Mac?

A game on the MacBook
A game on the MacBook

One of the reasons why you might want to use a new Mac is that Macs are more gaming-friendly. With major performance improvements and the ability to run iOS apps natively, the M1 certainly has its strengths. So the simplest reason to run games on the new Apple silicon is that you can.

How to Find Games Compatible with the Apple M1?

Apple Silicon Games
Apple Silicon Games

There are three different methods to run games on M1 Mac. The smoothest games are those that run natively, which means they are optimized for processors and can run at the best settings.

The second method here is via Rosetta 2, which means older x86-64 game packs are translated to be compatible with the system.

Lastly, we have the CrossOver method, which translates Windows applications to Mac but is not compatible with all games.

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You can find a list of M1 games on Apple Silicon Games. This website has a directory of games that can run on the new Macs.

The site also offers complete tables with various titles. You can check whether a game is playable or not, distribution, environment, supported resolutions, and required specifications from this table.

How to Find Apple M1 Apps?

Apple Story on M1 Compatible apps
Apple Story on M1 Compatible apps

Since most applications run on x86-64 instructions, Apple came up with Rosetta 2, a translator that lets you run old Intel applications on the new M1 chip. While it is an efficient emulator, and most of the time, you may not notice when using it, some applications need to run natively.

For example, Adobe Lightroom and Final Cut Pro are power-hungry applications that may not perform well while run on Rosetta 2.

You can find apps that run natively on the Mac Apple M1 in the Mac App Store. The company recently added a new story entitled ‘Apps optimized for Mac with M1.’

This includes all Apple apps and a few other essentials like Adobe Lightroom, Logic Pro, Capo, and Fantastical. Native support for Microsoft Office is also available so you can get the most of your productivity applications on the M1 Mac.